I've been thinking - the figures in our darkening family photographs, fading Bibles and lying beneath mossy headstones actually lived and breathed like you and me. They laughed, they starved, they teased their siblings. They shared meals, holidays and back-breaking labor. They fell ill, infected one another and mourned each others' dead. Together they danced at weddings, celebrated births, stood as Godparents to each others' children. They hugged, held hands and blackened each others' eyes. They loved and hated; told the truth or lied; followed the law or broke it.
Some chose to remain on the land of their parents and grandparents, creating lives for their children within the comfort of the past. Others traded the familiarity of home for the adventure of foreign lands, or just to build a better life for them selves and their children. We are those children - all of us who bear the Cosford name or carry Cosford DNA. Many - most - of us wouldn't recognize each other if we passed on the street - yet we share a history; we all come from the same, real people.
Some of us have spent countless hours in libraries, record offices, churches and cemeteries looking for our dead. We’ve filled notebooks and data bases with names and numbers - dates of birth and death, marriages, siblings and locations.Let’s add a new dimension to it all!We can celebrate the reality of those peoples' lives by coming together to share stories and traditions that may have grown out of their traditions. We can look into other Cosford faces for resemblances.We can share old family photos and create new ones!
Who out there is interested in a "Cosford Discovery" event? (Can't quite call it a reunion!) Maybe late this summer or early autumn? Or late spring/early summer 2012?At first thought, Ontario seems a logical event location, as there are apparently hundreds of us in Canada. With enough notice, the Down-Under and Across-the-Pond Cosford branches might be able to be physically present. Another thought is to hold concurrent Cosford events at locations in each of Canada, the UK and Australia/New Zealand – linking them all via video conferencing.
If there's real interest in pursuing this idea, I'm happy to take the organizational lead. With “lead” cousins representing branches, families and/or locations, we should be able to work together fairly easily via the net, Skype, conferencing, etc.Wow! We can actually pull this off!
What say you, Cosfords?This will be astounding!
--SaliCosford Parker(b. 25 Apr 1948, Racine WI, USA) firstname.lastname@example.org